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Deuchars IPA - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
4.4% ABV in bottles and 3.8% in cask.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2001)
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Photo of joecast
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle listed at 4.4%abv. best before jul. 06

clear, well, slightly hazy, golden color. struggles to form/maintain a head. when its there, its fluffy, white and thin.

light citrus and lemon aroma. a nice floral hoppiness. not strong or pungent like some more assertive ipas, but nice nonetheless.

soft maltiness rounded out by a good level of hop flavor and bitterness. nothing earth shattering, but at this low abv the hops could easily get out of control and dominate (in a bad way i mean). as it is, its very well balanced.

good thing its a 500ml bottle cause it goes pretty quickly. i've been interested in trying this for a while and am glad i finally did. now to try it on cask...i wish.

joecast, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer sampled on my recent trip to Europe (which included Belgium!).

This beer really surprised me. For 3.8% abv, this is extremely well balanced between hops and malt. This is the session beer that I want to quaff all the time. Why can't I have this in the US??!

Pumps into my glass a murky golden color with a dense white head. Aroma is full of fruity, grassy and floral hoppyness. Tastes of pine cone, orange zest and lemon balanced well with light caramel malt. Creamy and soft on the palate, finishes dry. I love this beer, I drank 4 imperial pints in one session! This is the ultimate session beer for a hophead.

kmcnair, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well after reading the reviews of this beer, I must think I have to try in draft, not in bottle as my experience wasn't really interesting.

A very pale beer, so pale I thought I was looking at some Bud light diluated with some Coors Light, no head, no retetion and I was able to count the bubbles, 1, 2, 3!

Smell very shy of sugar, hoppish and a a finish of shy malt, everything was shy indeed.

Her taste is quite shy, a very watery beer with no character, not much body in mouth. shy hoppish flavours that came with a shy bitterness nothing interesting!

I'm disapointed

3Vandoo, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Grove Inn, Leeds. Listed on the Pubs chalkboard as “Deuchars IPA (3.8%) £2.10” for an Imperial Pint from the Handpump.

Appearance: Light amber body with a nice looking white head on the pull. Head quickly dissipated though, which was a shame because it had a terrific appearance on the bar whilst I waited for my change.

Nose: Freshly tapped the aromas leapt out of the Pint glass. Fruity hops, some floral, some oily, all intermingled in a lightly toasted malt base. Smells great.

Taste: Bitterness starts and finishes the Deuchars. In between this there are a mélange of flavors that come and go. Crisp profile, baked bread, lightly toasted malts, some wheat, grass and grain with a fresh floral fruity hop twist in the finish. Light hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after the swallow. Lovely!!

Mouthfeel: For a Cask Ale it is full-bodied, not as much as the Caledonian 80/- but it certainly has a feel that is supportive of the cask conditioning which lends a soft palate to the Deuchars IPA.

Drinkability: Deliciously drinkable, stupendously suppable, a lambasting libation…. This really is a very good Session brew, a real quaffer that has lots of flavor and body to keep you interested for a Gallon or two.

Overall: Don’t worry yourself too much about the “IPA” moniker if you’re not from the UK, this is just a damn good brew that should be enjoyed no matter what they decide to call it. In fact, such is its popularity that the Caledonian Deuchars IPA is now a regular beer at the Grove Inn, Leeds it seems. When on form, this really does take some beating from the Cask.

TheLongBeachBum, May 22, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Guildford Arms in Edinburgh
Poured a golden yellow, with a white creamy head and excellent lacing.
Though initially has a small twinge of bitterness, it is quickly overtaken with a smoooth creamy malt base.
Has a very quick mouthfeel and doesn’t seem to have the body that I’m used to with IPAs, which was disappointing, given the amount of praises the other patrons had.

Dithyramb, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the Thunderton House Inn in Elgin, Scotland.
Pale orange, slightly hazy beer, nice creamy white cask head.
This has a pleasant hop aroma, not as pungent as the PNW IPAs I have become accostomed too, with accents of caramel malts in there too.
The taste is nice and mild on the hops,its almost balanced by the quality caramel flavour of the malts, but just to say this IS an IPA theres a nice "tingle" sensation from the hops that appears in each mouthful.
Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation, expected from a cask ale.'
A delicious and very drinkable beer from the cask..easier to drink than spring water .

Reidrover, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deuchars IPA is a very nice pale ale in every category. The colour is a crystal clear deep yellow with a thin crown replaced by an equally thin island lace and moderate cling.
Carbonation is medium and the body also has a medium weight.
Aroma is lightly fruity.
The taste is mildly sweet to begin but of short duration...then a quick burst of fuggles takes command to the end.
This brew is very refreshing and would make a great session beer.
Recomended.

Shiloh, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep gold, great clarity, medium layer of white foam develops on hard pour, good head retention with a bit of lace

Aroma: slightly honeyish maltiness, scent of Lyle's Golden Syrup, almost floral hop nose, hint of citrus

Flavor: dry maltiness and caramelly base, only slightly sweet, tangy edge, scrumptious hop flavor, ample bitterness comes in quick to dry it thoroughly in the finish, bitter aftertaste of pine sap

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, slightly rough in texture

Other comments: Poured quite a few of these out of a cask for people at the 2004 Norwich Beer Festival, but I never did get to try it. If the bottled version is this good, I'll definitely jump on it the next time I see it on cask. Very drinkable.

GreenCard, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of SaunaKing
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am still new at this and was suprised that pouring this beer resulted in a pale, gold beer with a milky white head. I thought IPAs were darker, this looked more like a pils to me. The head left excellent lacing. Aroma was mildly hoppy and the taste is quite nice, balanced between the malty body and hop finish. A very good session brew I am sure.

SaunaKing, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of baiser
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw colour, with a smallish white head after a hard pour. It reduced to a thin film quickly.

Nose was very floral, great hop aroma. Also some esters.

Taste was very crisp and clean, distinctive hops, some apples. Sweetness from malts and a touch of bitterness at the back. Good balance, but could've used a bit more bitterness to balance. Quite pleasant and tasty. Quite a smooth beer. Very drinkable.

Probably way better on cask.

baiser, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden blond color, a little pale for an IPA. The head was small and patchy like most cask ales and left excellent sheets of lace. Carbonation was sparse with two distince sizes of bubbles, enormous ones and very tiny ones that form tight beads. This combo looked awesome. The aroma was of sweet malts with some citrusy hops. I also detected a sourness, maybe the cask was a little old. The taste was of bread, honey and subtle floral hops. There was also a solid bitter base and some pleasant fruity esters. The mouthfeel was crisp and light.

This is a superb pale ale but tis no IPA, plain and simple.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden colored ale with a small head with minimum retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of floral malts with limited sweetness. Taste is lightly hoppier then your average English pale ale and a bit dry at the end. Overall, very refreshing but I feel again that this would be way better served fresh on cask…

Phyl21ca, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA in the American style. Big hops in the bottle. Fresh at the LCBO. Chinook citrus smell. Bit bitter side, but easy drink. Wheat for fruit? Peat moss grassy. Tad metallic. Are they foolin' with the recipe? Pine, limes? Very decent, session ale.

Sammy, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pasturized bottled version at 4.4%....poured a gold color with a small 1 finger white cap that goes to a nice lace and sticky ring. Mild carconation. Aromas of floral hopping over sweet bready malts. Front is delicate with creamy sweet malts in balance with grassy-floral hops...light body, very smooth and mellow...finish is clean with a drying by the hops. A very refreshing light IPA...a very pleasnt way to slack a thirst on a warm day. I would recommend this IPA to both dry ale fanciers and light ale fanciers alike.

pootz, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, amber coloured beer topped by a thin, but creamy and long-lasting, white head. Toasted malt aroma, a mix of herbal and floral hops. The start is balanced more in favour of maltiness and toasted flavours. As the malt disappears, the balance moves towards hop bitterness, finishing with a resinous hop quality at the finish. Medium carbonation and body, decent smoothness. ABV is a little light for the style.

500 mL brown bottle with a clearly marked freshness date on the side of the bottle.

DrJay, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a straw coloured yellow body. Foamy head forms, but little retention or lacing

Smell, sharp bitterness, fruit also coming through, melon and pear

Taste, medium hop profile. Faint bitterness on the palette with a floral and herby finish, doughy malt

A good little IPA, although for an IPA it is very mild, infact, 3.8abv? my bottle says 4.4, but still, shouldnt it be at least a wee bit stronger? i'm confused, definatly not an IPA even by english styles, but still, very good

Very good at reproducing the cask version

cypressbob, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean bright yellow body witha nice white foamy head that left some lace effects. Light citrusy notes in the aroma. The taste had a fruity characterisic, definitly grapefruit, at the start with agood sharp hop bite and a clean crisp finish. Previous tastes of English IPA's (Imported in bottles to the USA) led me to belive the the British did'nt like to use hops for amoma or flavor (not just bitterness). This ale proved me wrong. Hopefully if I get to try the bottled import I will not be disappointed.

ybnorml, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at NERAX.

This IPA poured a slightly hazy golden color with thin white foam. The smell was modest: malty with a touch of hops. The taste was malty with a very low hoppiness. This has to be one of the least hoppy IPAs that I have tasted (it is listed as 36 IBU, but I find that hard to believe). The finish was slightly bitter and hoppy. The mouthfeel was clean and smooth with medium-light body and low carbonation. The light bitterness lingered a bit. A decent brew, though quite low in hops.

UncleJimbo, May 17, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served @ NERAX 2004 in a pint a glass.

Sunrise golden orange color, mild haze and a thin lace to boot. Tons of delicate hop oil aroma and flavor, suggestions of ripe pear and golden raisin come to mind. Light dough malt in the back with a mild bitterness to balance ... there seems to be more hop flavor than bitterness is provides a perfect base for such a tasty brew. Certainly not an IPA by any means ... regardless this is a great cask ale.

Jason, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-pulled cask at Prince of Wales in London. Dark golden orange color with a minimal off-white head and almost no lacing. Aroma of toned down hops along with some fruit. Very smooth, with flavors of malt and hops at the forefront, along with some fruit and a pinch of spice. The finish is mild but insistently bitter. Pretty good offering from Caledonian.

Dogbrick, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of diablo14
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deuchars is end of the bench on caledonians roster. for a traditional brewery to produce something as out and out dull as this is bad, to call it an IPA is truly a misnomer.

if this was called a straight pale ale it would rate a little better but even then doesnt stand up. its a limpid gold color. with no great head to speak of. some slight hops and fruity tones, but lacking in this area overall especially when posing as an IPA. the taste is a rung below this. no malt presence, which is usually a trademark of a caledonian brew, and while there is some fruit its really just bland. there is also a nice sharp hoppiness towards the end, but unfortunately is not sustained. its drinkable, but ultimately unfulfilling.

ive marked this down because one, its not an IPA, and two, its a boring, forgettable beer. mix this with the fact this brewer is capable of so much better, theres not much to talk about here.

diablo14, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours up clear pale gold. Medium-sized white head settles to an even film in short order. Good carbonation. Some early lace.

Hoppy and fruity on the nose. It drinks hoppy, but not overwhelming, not quite as much there as you might expect from an IPA. Some malt and fruit. Pretty light on the palate.

Decent beer, worth a try.

TerryW, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a lovely real ale that I had on cask at the Wenlock Arms. This pale golden/amber beer has a nice cap of white foam on top. The aromas are of FRESH, juciy hops, and floral light malts. The taste is lovely. It's quite hoppy and a bit malty, but I would not call this an IPA, i'd call it a regular pale ale. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and the drinkability? GREAT

francisweizen, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 550 ml Euro bottle, clear with a shiny blue label. Best by April '04 on the back label.
Shiny medium copper color with an orange-like hue. Light frothy white head. Tight and compact with sticky lacing. Nice smell of moderate grapefruit and citrus tang. Taste is very hoppy, citrus zest and puckering bitterness at the end. Very lightly toasted malt flavors lie way underneath. Hop bitterness is present but not overwhelming like an American IPA. Moderate carbonation and crisp hop bitterness make it very refreshing and easy to drink. Very crisp and dry, cleansing the palate with every gulp. I had this one with citrus stuffed mini chickens (cornish game hens) and it went very well. This version of an IPA was more subtle, very drinkable, and very refreshing. Worth a try.

StevieW, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of ToneControl
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, hoppy but balanced beer, that does differ from the bottled version. Not easy to find in the cask in North-west England!

I am addicted to heavily-hopped beers, and this has dryness (although not as much as my other favourites - including the bottled version)

ToneControl, Sep 12, 2003
Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.